While it may not be quite as popular as the island to its east, Phuket, Krabi is still a vibrant, beautiful province to visit in Thailand. From the bustling main hub of Krabi Town, to the seaside beach town of Ao Nang – not forgetting the islands of Koh Phi Phi and Koh Lanta – Krabi is bursting with adventure and things to do. With the sheer number of quality backpacker hostels to stay in, visitors needn’t overspend – here are the best budget backpacker hostels in Krabi.
Krabi is a magical place, so where better to experience its charms than in the aptly-named Hogwarts Hostel? Located right in the centre of town, close to the river and its famous black crab statue, Hogwarts Hostel is within walking distance to Krabi’s huge Walking Street night market, making it an ideal place for backpackers. Its modern dorms are comfortable, its bathrooms clean and friendly staff are on hand to assist with any questions you might have and can sort tours for you, too. Hogwarts is a great choice for those looking to stay in Krabi Town on a budget, and everyone’s welcome – even Slytherins.
Nestled in the heart of Krabi Town and close the ferry port to Koh Lanta, Pak Up is a fun hostel that attracts a diverse, friendly crowd. With parties happening frequently, it’s a hub of activity and a great way to meet like-minded travellers to explore with. Pak Up, in partnership with other hostels in the area, runs the Krabi Pub Crawl. Motorbikes are available to rent if you’re wanting to explore a little further, though they also provide a number of tours and excursions, including a notoriously-fun bar crawl. At the bottom of busy Chao Fa road, guests needn’t look far if they’re looking for a place to party, with a number of bars just a short walk away.
Situated in Ao Nang, Krabi province’s premier mainland beach destination, Slumber Party is a perfect hostel for those who wish to enjoy the beach and the revelry that comes along with it. With its own bar as well as island tours and bar crawls available, it’s perfect those those who came to Krabi to let their hair down. Though it’s not all partying – it has long organised a weekend beach clean up in Ao Nang, helping those who pass through to become ethical and responsible travellers, and rewarding them with a beer for their efforts.
Another hostel in Ao Nang that offers bar crawls and excursions, K-Bunk has made a good name for itself with travellers and locals alike due to its fun, friendly vibe, but there’s another thing it’s really well known for – the breakfast. Its hot-pan full English breakfast is the perfect food to soak up those hangovers or to start your adventures with, as well as healthier breakfast choices that can be enjoyed after a good night’s sleep in its comfy, clean rooms.
Located not too far from the beach in the seaside town of Ao Nang, and only 20 minutes from the bustling hub of Krabi Town, it’s easy to see why Ao Nang Backpacker Hostel has long been a popular choice in the region. With huge dorms and popular communal spaces with a pool table and a restaurant, it’s a great place to meet fellow travellers to go exploring or swap war stories with. Dorms are both mixed and female only and lockers are available, meaning you won’t have to worry about safety. To top it off, motorbikes can be rented and tours booked from the front office, meaning not only is it a great backpacker hostel, but it’s a convenient one too – and that can make all the difference.
A good host and friendly staff can make or break a hostel, and that’s what makes the Hangover Hostel in Koh Phi Phi so great. The manager truly cares about the enjoyment of his guests, encouraging them to socialise where possible and also providing expert advice free of charge. Just ten minutes from the ferry pier and a stone’s throw from the beach, it’s a great location at a great price, as well as a home away from home here on the island.
Few hostels can boast that their common area has a view of the sea, yet that’s what Blanco offers and more. A typical beachside hostel, Blanco also has a restaurant serving Thai and international food choices and is just a short walk to the fire shows and beach parties that have put Koh Phi Phi on the map. A beautiful base for any adventures on this enchanting island.
Modern, secure and clean, Hub of Joys ticks all the boxes when it comes to what you’re looking for in a hostel. Less than ten minutes from the near beach on foot, Hub of Joys is perfectly placed to enjoy this sleepy island, and its friendly staff are on hand to provide advice on activities and recommend tours to take on the island – and all for a bargain price. A jolt of life on an otherwise sleepy island, it’s a great place to stay on Koh Lanta.